Pardew: Andy Woodman was 'quaking in his boots' at Jak Alnwick's introduction

Newcastle United Fans

Jak Alnwick made his Newcastle United debut against Chelsea at the weekend, causing anxiety for someone at St James' Park.

Jak Alnwick's debut performance for Newcastle United could hardly have gone any better. 

The youngster came off the substitutes' bench to replace the injured Rob Elliot and make his first appearance for the club against Chelsea and he excelled, looking assured in everything he did. 

Alnwick made a number of notable stops and only conceded once as he helped his side to a eye-catching 2-1 victory over the London club. 

It was a remarkable success and one which wouldn't have been possible had the 21-year-old not looked such a natural in goal. 

Alnwick's first appearance for the side was hardly ideal, coming off the bench in one of the most pressurised situations possible against the Premier League leaders, but he showed no signs of nerves during the fixture. 

It would appear that not everyone involved in the Newcastle set-up was so composed, though. 

Alan Pardew has revealed today that the club's goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman was feeling the pressure as Alnwick entered the field. 

“We were more nervous than him," Pardew said to the Shields Gazette. "Andy Woodman was quaking in his boots for him, but (he was) outstanding to do what he’s done. He’s a cool guy."

Alnwick is now set to stay in goal for the club until January, when usual first choice Tim Krul returns to fitness. 

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